Many corporations and businesses use freelancers to do side projects and long-term work. Companies are finding that outsourcing to freelance workers can be very beneficial. However, businesses who are looking to hire freelance workers need to keep in mind that not all will offer up quality work.
Ask these four questions to determine if a freelancer’s work really meets the standards you need.
1. What is your experience?
Can you find examples of their work online? Have they provided you a website or portfolio? If not, you might want to steer clear of them.
Good freelancers have an online portfolio and offer samples of their work upfront. If they are new at freelancing, they should still be able to offer samples of past work, either from volunteering or academic work. You wouldn’t hire an electrician without a good track record; don’t leave your projects to an inexperienced freelancer!
2. What are your rates?
If you want to work with a high-quality, professional freelance worker, ask what they charge. If they are skilled at their craft, the rates will be higher not only because they are providing a service with no out-of-pocket benefits, such as health insurance, from you, but likely have a more flexible schedule than your average worker. Pay attention to freelance workers’ rates to see if they value their work as much as you will when it’s complete.
When working with a skilled freelancer, you will find them to be very communicative! High-quality freelance workers know the importance of getting a project done right the first time and will ask many questions or follow up on the project frequently. If your freelance worker communicates often, they truly care about their clients and are likely to provide high-quality work!
4. How do you market yourself?
When working with freelance professionals, especially those involved in marketing, social media management and writing, you must ensure that they are skilled in their area.
For example, if a freelance writer/social media manager has many misspellings on their website or use social media unwisely, they will likely provide similar work to you. Check their Facebook page and Twitter accounts to ensure good marketing practices! You might be surprised to find those that sound great in their email have little to no web presence.
About Megan Harris
Megan is the owner of MeganWrites Media, a new freelance writing and editing company located in St. Louis, Missouri. With experience in many writing niches, as well as in research and social media management, she seeks to provide compelling content for her clients no matter their location.